Europe’s first ‘Cat café’ has opened in Vienna. Originating in Japan, a'Café Neko' lets cat lovers, perhaps those unable to keep their own pet and missing the company, spend time with a selection of in-house moggies. Café owner Takako Ishimitsu, a 47-year-old woman from Nagoya, Japan wanted to bring some Japanese culture to lonely Viennese and tourists alike. In Japan however, the Café Neko is under threat from new legislation as animal welfare campaigners believe that excessive stroking causes cats stress…
Parents keep passengers sweet
Ever been annoyed by a screaming baby on a plane? Christina Diaz and Michael Rubinstein, parents of 14 year-old twins, knew the stigma of flying with babies and so handed out gift bags to head off any complaints about their infants' behaviour during their flight from California to Washington. The story went viral when a passenger tweeted a picture of their bags and heartfelt message.
An unhappy Ryanair passenger complained about being charged £236 for printing out her family’s boarding cards for a flight home from Spain, then received thousands of comments and likes in support on the airline's Facebook page. Headline-loving Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary responded by calling them ‘idiots’. He also advised that the 0.02% of passengers who do not print off passes should ‘b*gger off’. That 0.02% does equate to 15,800 users per annum – still a nice little earner! Maybe it could pay for some lessons in customer service?
Win a flight to space with Virgin Galactic
Start collecting those points. There are many perks to being a frequent flyer but Virgin Atlantic have gone boldly where none have gone before. Boss Richard Branson announced that whoever collects the most frequent flier points in the next year will win a flight to 'space' with Virgin Galactic. The lucky winner will experience a zero gravity sub-orbital flight which usually costs £150,000. By the time you’ve racked up those points you probably would have paid this already!
Airbus’s latest move to get greener involves catapulting planes into the sky. Not Dennis the Menace style, but with rolling platforms to tow planes along the runway, similar to the way you’d launch a jet fighter from an aircraft carrier. Airbus engineers hope this will reduce the amount of power needed from the aircraft’s engine during take-off, leading to smaller engines and therefore less fuel consumption. According to Airbus, 'assisted take-off' should hit the runways by 2050.
Romantic hideout for Royals
It looks like Harry wasn’t the only member of the Royal family to jet off for some R&R this summer. No naked photos ths time, just a romantic break in a remote French chateau for Wills and Kate. The couple stayed with the Queen’s nephew, Viscount Linley, in Luberon, Provence. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed some peace and quiet before an eight-day tour of SE Asia, so this trip was a great chance to get some peace. Although this beautiful hideaway is available to rent, the personal chef, massage therapist and chauffeur included with your stay will probably come at a cost!
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